22 Oct 2016
IGP insists doctor to blame for arrest
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 ― The police insisted today that a doctor was to blame for rousing suspicion by running away during a raid against suspected robbers near Serdang Hospital that left him injured.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar questioned why Dr Thanendran Renganathan was the only one to run during the October 7 raid at a food stall near the hospital when a surgeon, customers and workers at the food stall that numbered about 10 people did not do so.
“It’s clear that they knew that a police operation was happening, based on the shouts of “Police!” by the police, as well as the bulletproof vests emblazoned with the words “Polis” and “Stafoc” worn by the police during the raid,” Khalid said in a statement.
“What’s clear from the incident is that Dr Thanendran Renganathan’s own actions had roused the suspicion of the police who were dealing with dangerous criminals.
In fact, Dr Thanendran Renganathan shouldn’t have been nervous in facing such situations when his father is a cop and his in-law was a former senior police officer,” the IGP added.
21 Oct 2016
MMA wants cops to apologise over manhandling of doctor at Serdang hospital
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 ― The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has urged the police to make a sincere apology over the manhandling of a doctor by an elite police team at the Serdang Hospital on October 7.
Its president, Dr John Chew Chee Ming said Dr R. Thanendran was a victim of mistaken identity and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had regretted the incident (manhandling of the doctor).
However, he said, the IGP would not apologise for the action of his men in carrying out their job.
“We would have expected a sincere apology for an honest mistake (on the part of the police) which would have placated the medical profession as we are, after all, doctors with benevolent hearts.
“However, an apology has not been tendered…MMA maintains its stand that the Ministry of Health ensures the safety of its healthcare personnel on its premises,” added Dr Chew in a statement here today. ― Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: The Inspector-General of Police’s refusal to issue an apology after his men attacked a doctor in a case of mistaken identity has not gone down well with an opposition lawmaker.
Ipoh Barat MP M. Kula Segaran questioned why was it so difficult for police to apologise, even if they had complied with standard operating procedures (SOP) and had mistook the doctor for a robbery suspect after he attempted to flee the raiding party.
“Mr IGP, discard your arrogance and adopt tolerance and magnanimity on behalf of the police force,” said Kula. “Is this too much to ask?”
The MP was commenting on IGP Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement that police will not apologise for assaulting Dr. Thanendran Renganathan whom they mistook for a robbery suspect.
PETALING JAYA: Dr S Subramaniam has come out in defence of a young doctor who was injured in a police raid at a food outlet inside the grounds of Hospital Serdang recently.
The Health Minister questioned claims by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar that police had warned the people at the food outlet not to run just prior to the raid, but that the doctor had made a dash for it anyway when approached by plainclothes policemen in balaclavas.
“The doctor who was tackled and detained by plainclothes police on Oct 7 feared for his life when several masked individuals approached him.
“Out of fear, he did not cooperate when he was ordered to as the officers had no identifying markings or police insignia,” the Malay Mail quoted the minister as saying during a working visit to Hospital Serdang yesterday.
Subramaniam said the doctor had been treated in an unnecessarily rough manner and more effort should have been made to verify his identity immediately since the victim was in his doctor’s scrubs, and had a hospital ID plus stethoscope in hand.
“The raid was conducted in the grounds of the hospital and the officers could have easily brought him in to the office to verify his identity,” the MIC president said.
Thanendran later said in a police report that the pleas of a senior doctor, who came to the scene of the arrest and vouched for him had also fallen on deaf ears, and police refused to release him.
Instead, the elite police team took the doctor to the nearby Sri Serdang police station for further interrogation.
20 Oct 2016
KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yesterday expressed his regret over an incident where the Special Task Force on Organised Crime unit allegedly assaulted a medical officer at the Serdang Hospital.
However, Khalid stressed that the police will not apologise for the incident, defending that the team had done the right thing.
“There will be no official apology although I do regret what had happened.
“The Task Force were after armed suspects. We had to do our duty and we have our ways of handling criminals. The doctor ran when he was ordered to stop. When police tell you not to run, you stay put,” he said.
Polis tidak akan minta maaf, doktor ditahan kerana lari ‘lintang pukang’
KUALA LUMPUR: Ketua polis negara hari ini mempertahankan tindakan sepasukan polis elit menahan seorang doktor di Hospital Serdang yang disyaki penjenayah, baru-baru ini, kerana suspek berlari “lintang pukang” ketika diserbu.
Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar berkata, tindakan polis elit itu tidak perlu dipersoalkan, kerana mereka sekadar menjalankan tugas berdasarkan tindakan doktor terbabit.
“Pada masa itu, apabila polis tiba dan menyerbu kawasan hospital di mana terdapat suspek yang kami cari. Semasa sampai, kami memanggil semua orang berkumpul dan tidak melarikan diri, suspek termasuk doktor ini lari dan kami menganggap dia salah seorang suspek.
“Saya rasa anda semua tahu, jika anda tidak melakukan sebarang kesalahan, anda tidak akan lari,” katanya selepas merasmikan Perpustakaan Bestari Samsung ke-6 di Pusat Latihan Polis (Pulapol), hari ini.
17 Oct 2016
Citizen Nades – No cure for shooting from the hip
Dr S. Jeyaindran, the Health Ministry’s deputy director-general (medical), had plenty to say after a doctor from Serdang Hospital’s cardiology department was assaulted and arrested after being mistaken for a robbery suspect.
He said police should not be solely blamed for the incident as they were merely doing what they did best. Really? That they are good at assaulting and arresting the wrong people?
“I think at the end of the day, this should be treated as a learning experience for both the police and us,” Jeyaindran told theSun.
Dressed in his Serdang Hospital tagged blue scrub suit and a stethoscope around his neck, the doctor was allegedly tackled, kicked to the ground and handcuffed by four to six members of an elite police unit.
Despite informing the police personnel that he was a doctor and that there was an identification card in his pocket, they allegedly continued to assault him.
They only relented and unlocked his handcuffs when a cardiothoracic surgeon at the scene vouched that he was attached to the hospital.
Jeyaindran went on to give the police side of the story instead of empathising with the doctor: “When the police ordered the doctor to stop, he continued running in the direction of the suspected criminals.
“When he fell and the police caught up with him, he allegedly started punching the policemen, leaving the officers no choice but to apprehend him. He told them he was a doctor but the police took him to the police station to verify this.
“Anybody can be wearing the blue surgical scrubs, or stethoscope he had on him.” Since when did Jeyaindran become a spokesman for the police?
But doesn’t Jeyaindran accept that anyone can be in ordinary clothes and wear balaclavas? How was the doctor to know they were policemen? They could have been thugs or robbers.
What a load of bunkum from a senior civil servant who is supposed to look after the welfare and well-being of doctors?
R. Nadeswaran continues to wonder why sometimes, some people don’t engage their brains before putting their mouths in gear. Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam) would like to express our deepest regret and concern over the incident in which our medical colleague was allegedly assaulted while on duty within the vicinity of the hospital he was attached to, and continued to be repeatedly assaulted by an elite police team despite being in full medical outfit with identification on Oct 7, 2016.
We fully empathise with Dr Thanendran Renganathan who has undoubtedly suffered unimaginable physical and psychological trauma. We hope that his predicament would receive the appropriate attention from all quarters including his optimal counselling towards normalcy.
While we appreciate that the police have a job to do, and considering that this was an elite unit who should have identified the suspects prior to the incident, thus this was a gross error of mistaken identity. We await the results of the ongoing investigations.
Notwithstanding this, it still does not justify the assault of any citizen who is in custody and handcuffed. And especially after he identified himself as a medical personnel working in the adjacent hospital.
And he was also allegedly denied medical treatment for three hours. This is a deplorable denial of his basic human right.
What is also regretful are the comments of the deputy director-general of Health after the incident.
A medical personnel under the Health Ministry was assaulted in public in an apparent attempt to apprehend some hoodlums and we are asked to learn a lesson.
Are we to infer from this that when a group of fully armed men in black without identification run towards us we are to just stand our ground? It takes an extremely brave or rather an extremely foolish man to do so!
The inference that the medical personnel had allegedly assaulted the men in black is quite strange as this is not borne out by the police report made out by the doctor involved.
We would have hoped for a more sympathetic ear from the deputy DG involved.
We wish and hope that that there will be a full investigation into this incident by all parties involved.
DR JEFFREY ABU HASSAN is president, Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam).
15 Oct 2016
PETALING JAYA: The health ministry was criticised today for its “toothless” manner in failing to protect a doctor who was reportedly manhandled and abused by police on Friday.
Dr Thanenran Renganathan, of Serdang Hospital’s cardiology department, was reported to have been kicked to the ground and handcuffed by members of an elite police unit seeking suspected criminals at the food stalls outside the hospital.
Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy said the group was appalled at the statement by the ministry’s deputy director-general Dr S Jeyaindran in response.
Dr Jeyaindran was reported to have said that the police should not be solely blamed as they were merely doing what they did best, and that “at the end of the day, this should be treated as a learning experience for both the police and us”.
Waythamoorthy said: “It appears that the Health Ministry is willing to accept the behavior of the police force and condone its ability to intimidate, harass, oppress and terrorise an individual such as the doctor whose dignity and basic human right had been trampled upon with such impunity.”
He said the ministry’s inability to stand independent and question the abuse of police investigative power….would only encourage the perception that public institutions were merely tools of the government, he said in a statement.
Doctor in handcuffs: Lame reaction from ministry
The Deputy Director-General of Health shouldn’t have been so nonchalant
By Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
A Medical Officer at the Serdang Hospital Cardiology department, Dr Thanenran Renganathan, was apprehended in a most deplorable manner by the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc) unit, who were after suspected criminals in the vicinity of the food stall outside Serdang Hospital last Friday evening. (Mistaken identity )
Dressed in his Serdang Hospital tagged blue scrub suit and a stethoscope around his neck, he was allegedly tackled, kicked to the ground and handcuffed by 4-6 members of the masked elite police. Despite informing them that he was a doctor, identification card in his pocket, they allegedly continued to assault him. They only relented and released his handcuffs when a cardiothoracic surgeon at the scene vouched that Dr Thanenran was attached to the hospital.
The allegedly “inhumane treatment” of Dr Thanenran is antithesis to the culture of caring treatment within the medical profession. This situation is most unfortunate and I hope that the ongoing investigation would provide him “keadilan yang sewajarnya terhadap penganiyaan yang menimpa saya”.
What is even more disappointing was the nonchalant response from a Deputy- Director General of Health, who reportedly said “Take it as a learning experience”
One of your doctors is allegedly attacked by a member of the elite police force (who by the way we would have expected to have their targets marked), is assaulted, handcuffed and taken to the police station and all a top brass of the Ministry of Health has to say is, “take it as a learning experience”?
What do you do when armed men in ski masks run at you – you run! How would you even know they are the police force? And would you actually believe reports that the doctor allegedly fought against 4-6 members of the armed elite police force?
The lack of “heart and gut defense” of junior doctors under one’s wings is most regrettable. I would urge the Deputy Director-General to exhibit more empathy, understanding and compassion towards Dr Thanenran specifically and generally to all doctors faced with a similar predicament.
Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin is a Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist, Damansara Specialist Hospital.
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13 Oct 2016
PETALING JAYA: Take it as a learning experience, says Health Ministry Deputy Director-General (medical) Dr S Jeyaindran.
He was referring to the incident where a cardiology department doctor was mistaken for a robbery suspect and aggressively tackled by an elite police force unit at a food stall outside the Serdang Hospital on Friday evening.
He said police should not be solely blamed for the incident as they were merely doing what they did best.
“I think at the end of the day, this should be treated as a learning experience for both the police and us,” theSundaily reported him as saying.
He empathised with the plight of the doctor but said a preliminary report showed the policemen had reacted by pursuing the 28-year-old as he defied police orders to stop.
Health Ministry to probe case of ‘mistakenly assaulted doctor’
Last updated on 13 October 2016 – 10:19am
KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health is conducting an internal investigation on the alleged assault by personnel of an elite federal police team on a a doctor who was mistaken for a robber last Friday to determine the factors that had led to the case.
Health Ministry deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran said yesterday that he had ordered a probe on the case.
In describing the case as “very unfortunate” and empathizing with the plight of the victim, he said a preliminary report showed that the policemen had reacted by pursuing the 28-year-old doctor as he defied police orders to stop leaving the scene.
“We learnt that the police were there to ambush a group of criminals. When the police ordered the doctor to stop he continued running towards the direction of the suspected criminals. When he fell and the police caught up with him, he allegedly started punching the policemen, leaving the police no choice but to apprehend him. He told them he is doctor but the police took him to the police station to verify this. I believe this is part of police procedures and they were observing their SOP (standard operating procedure). At that point they are not sure who he really is. Anybody can be wearing the blue surgical scrubs or stethoscope he had on him. Later, a hospital staff went over to testify he was indeed a doctor. It was a misunderstanding and is a very unfortunate incident. We have to wait for the conclusive findings of the police as well to get both sides of the story. We also understand the doctor situation on that day. He was having a break at the stalls and then suddenly being surrounded by the police, anybody can be taken aback even if the cops were in uniform. Moreover anybody can appear and say they are policemen,” he told theSun when contacted.
Jeyaindran also agreed that the police should not be solely blamed over the incident as they were merely doing what they did best.
“I think in the end of the day, this should be treated as a learning experience for both the police and us.” he said.
Sepang police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Ali said the case was a misunderstanding and a “genuine mistake”.
“What can we expect the policemen to do when someone runs after being told not to. They obviously had to counter such reaction and do what they went there for. The police had clearly identified themselves when they arrived and told everyone who was at the foodstall to not run as they were there to catch a group of criminals. We will continue our investigations and be fair to both sides,” he told theSun.
Sources said investigators also discovered that the special operations police team had also pursued the fleeing doctor as his physique resembled that of a suspect of a robbery gang they had come to nab.
12 October 2016
@PDRMsia yg belasah seorang doktor di Hospital Serdang setelah salah identiti dgn suspek kes rompak bersenjata di Kajang?
Pasukan elit polis silap cekup doktor muda di Hospital Serdang
Doctor At SerdangHospital Targeted By Police Special Forces After He Was Mistaken For An Armed Robber
A doctor who was on duty at Serdang Hospital found himself being thrown to the ground, tackled and handcuffed by men clad in black masks yesterday over a case of mistaken identity.
The doctor, who serves in the Serdang Hospital cardiology department, was at the foodstalls in the hospital carpark when he suddenly found himself being set upon by members of the federal Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc) who were clad in black full tactical gear, balaclavas and carried heavy firearms, The Sun Daily reports.
The unfortunate case of mistaken identity led to the doctor sustaining injuries after being set upon by the team of heavily armed men numbering more than a dozen. The unidentified doctor later lodged a police report over his ordeal.
Last updated on 12 October 2016 – 10:43am